my mother, who is a very good cook, recently informed us that she will not be cooking Christmas dinner this year. instead, she said she will be 'picking up trays' from the grocery store. i am guessing there will be cold cuts, rolls, cheese platter, etc. we are all disappointed, having had great christmas dinners in the past. when i asked if i could bring something, i was given the limitation of 'not getting in the way in the kitchen'. since she isn't cooking, i don't know what this means except not making a mess or asking for too many tools to cook with. does anyone have any suggestions on a side we could bring (or make there) that would bring back some of that Christmas spirit? it should be easy to make and take less than an hour to prepare. DH and my sister both want a ham, but I do not eat pork, so that it out. please save me from a food-sad holiday.